Yara Shahidi is an inspirational young woman. She’s an actress, activist and eager student. While recently chatting with Jacques Morel for AOL’s Build Series, Shahidi shed light on her black-ish spinoff, college and her thoughts on activism.
The black-ish spinoff is literally at the edge of our fingertips. Everything is being set in motion for this amazing show to occur. Shahidi told Morel that the show will explore Zoey’s growing and operating on her own at college.
“It’s a new environment, completely brand new. While Zoey has taken so many steps as a young woman and young woman of color to become independent, to become an activist and to become socially aware, I feel like this [will be] the most growth we’ve seen from her.”
Shahidi also told Morel that Zoey has had the privilege of being socioeconomically well-off, but in college that won’t be the same. “College, at least for Zoey, that is no longer a factor she can hide under or hide with. And so we’re no longer talking about race but the intersection of race and gender and sexuality and the intersection of race and politics. And she finally has to kind of deal on her own.”
What’s super cool is that Yara Shahidi herself is preparing for college. Early this year social media went ablaze when people found out that former First Lady Michelle Obama wrote four of her recommendation letters. Shahidi plans on double majoring in Sociology and African-American Studies and plans on going into Professional Activism (dope, right).
When Morel asked Shahidi if she was nervous about college she responded, “uhhh, yeah!” “Acting has been amazing and I love every moment of it, but it wasn’t something I planned for. College is something I’ve been planning for for such a long time. I’ve wanted to go to college before I was in middle school. I think that is what’s made this an insanely cool moment and nerve-racking. I’ve been leading up to this. This is twelve academic years in the making.”
She has such a bright future ahead of her. I highly suggest you checkout the entire interview below:
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